Did you know that 40% of all food produced in the US is not eaten and is the single largest component of our landfills? Not only that, but this costs an estimated $165 Billion annually and nearly $750 Million annually just to dispose of the food we throw away.
To address this issue head on, Massachusetts has issued a Food Waste Ban that went into effect October 1st, 2014 forcing institutions that generate more than 1 ton of food waste per month to compost, donate the extra food, or simply waste less. Mass is the first state in the union to issue such a legislation to counter excessive organic waste in our landfills and incinerators.
Join Net Impact next Wednesday, 1/21/2015 from 6-8 pm for an interactive panel with the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (the department that enforces the MA Food Waste Ban), Bootstrap Composting, and representatives of organizations effected by the ban. Register here for the free event: Apple peels and Leftover meals – How Massachusetts is dealing with food waste.
Check out the infographic below for more shocking statistics about food waste (source: Lean Path):